MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WREG) – Chris Chiozza was back in Memphis for the Western Conference Semifinals, taking on the team he grew up watching.
“I was a huge Jason Williams fan,” Chiozza said. “I was a huge Mike Conley fan. All those guys. Squeals and grinds.
Chiozza, a Golden State Warriors guard, was lucky to be back home for Games 1 and 2 of the series.
“Once you get away from here and come back to see all your friends and family and know, come and support me. Just the environment to see the city like that, I mean, that means a lot. You know what the Grizzlies are doing right now, the way the organization is playing and how much that means a lot to the city and it means a lot to me personally.
Chiozza spent his first two years of high school at Bartlett before transferring to White Station. A decision which, according to him, launched his career in the NBA.
“I am happy to have made this choice. I’m close to all those guys I played with there, my coaches. They normally come to matches. Every game, my guy over there, he always yells “White Station” at me before every game. It reminds me where I come from.
Memphis’ reputation for being a tough city has shaped the way Chiozza plays on the court. He is an uncompromising player who is ready to face the unexpected. Like hitting the game-winner for Florida to advance to the NCAA Elite 8 in 2017. Or, going undrafted and playing for three different franchises before landing in Golden State, where he thinks it’s the perfect fit.
“You are blessed to be in the NBA, but you are even more fortunate to be part of an organization like [Golden State’s]. They take care of you like family. So if I can stay here, I love doing that.
And keep learning under the guidance of stars Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.
“Growing up, watching them and seeing them in the playoffs, going up against the Grizzlies and what they’ve been able to do all these years and now being a part of them and seeing how hard they work. And what great leaders they are. , not just vocally.
Chiozza said it would be amazing to win an NBA title with any team, but this group is special.
“They know what it takes to win. They’ve been there, especially the core guys. So, you know, they’re the base and we’re following their lead. So, you know, we had these guys leading us after that. We had pretty good luck.
Chiozza and the Warriors host the Grizzlies in Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals on Saturday. Tipping is set at 7:30 a.m. CST at the Chase Center.
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